bulk inserts vs ssis inserts

Is a SSIS data transfer always more efficient and faster than a bulk load/insert operation?

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carsRSTCommented:
BCP would be a little faster, but SSIS has many advantages, such as allowing a start to finish data flow.
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k_murli_krishnaCommented:
There is a bulk insert task in SSIS itself.
Execute SQL and Bulk Insert Tasks in SSIS
http://www.sql-server-performance.com/articles/dba/execute_sql_bulk_insert_tasks_ssis_p1.aspx

An excellent reference:
Quick Table Transfers (Imports) using SSIS, Bulk Insert or BCP
http://sqlserverplanet.com/data-warehouse/quick-table-transfers-imports-using-ssis-bulk-insert-or-bcp/

For additional idea:
BULK INSERT - SSIS vs. Stored Procedures
http://www.sqlmonster.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/sql-server-programming/72924/BULK-INSERT-SSIS-vs-Stored-Procedures
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Reza RadConsultant, TrainerCommented:
bulk insert fastest way to load data,
but SSIS has many other advantages,
suppose sometimes which you cannot use bulk insert, sometimes data source and destination are from different engines,
some times you need to change data during transfer( for example pivot them or ....) ,
sometimes you need a control logic on the data transfer operation for example a loop based on something and ....

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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
so would the foll be accurate:
it is raw transfer (straight column to column transfer) - then BCP or SP is OK. But for transformations/constraints checks etc, then SSIS best?
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Reza RadConsultant, TrainerCommented:
>>so would the foll be accurate:
it is raw transfer (straight column to column transfer) - then BCP or SP is OK. But for transformations/constraints checks etc, then SSIS best?<<
Yes. you got it correctly.
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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Reza RadConsultant, TrainerCommented:
Glad to help,
Regards,

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